Local golfers storm to victory in the Druce Trophy at the first attempt
Wimbledon Common Golf Club Ladies team stormed to victory on their first attempt competing in the prestigious Druce Trophy run by the Surrey Ladies County Golf Association at the Drift Club in East Horsley this week.
The Ladies Section of the Club was only formed 11 years so their triumph is even more encouraging for the development of golf on Wimbledon Common; they beat the Royal Automobile Club and Surbiton GC to second and third place.
In a stunning display of skill and team work the four ladies (pictured right) went from strength to strength over the two rounds as they rose steadily through the ranks of the 60 clubs from all over Surrey in what was described by the SLCGA President, Rosemary Wallis, as Surrey’s biggest and most prestigious annual golf competition with 240 ladies taking part on the day.
The competition, which was first played in 1955, saw Madge Corbitt (17 handicap) partnered with Valerie Ghent (33, but having to play off the competition maximum of 32) post an excellent combined gross score of 99 on the par 72 course. In the afternoon it was the turn of Jane Logan (15 handicap) and Jane Britton (25), tasked with the role of improving their team's morning score, to post an improvement of 15 shots over the course and so bring the stroke score for the team down to 84.
As the ladies waited for the handicap adjustments to be made and net scores to be entered the buzz in the club house was palpable as, with only six teams left to return scores, Wimbledon Common Golf Club headed the leader board. Minutes later a stunned and almost speechless team were praised by Alison Taylor, Captain of Surrey County Ladies Golf Association for their outstanding and remarkable achievement.
Speaking afterwards team captain Jane Logan said: “Wimbledon Common Ladies section only began 11 years ago and other than the Pearson Trophy this was our first venture into Surrey Golf. The Druce Trophy is a marvellous opportunity as it requires lower and higher handicappers to work together to achieve the the best scores in a fun foursomes competition spread over the day.
"The WCGC team supported each other throughout the day with the afternoon pair walking the course with the morning pair and vice versa. The team were thrilled to bring home the trophy for WCGC and very grateful to the huge team from The Drift and SCLGA who made this such an extraordinarily well organised and enjoyable event”.
July 22, 2016